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    Default Good old R19 auto

    I have my late Dad's 1992 Renault 19 that we've had since new, only 102,000 on the clock but has the standard ruined auto transmission. Is it possible/worth it to repair? Transmission permanently stuck in first other than that runs like a dream, don't want to part with it but have to be realistic. No mechanics seem to have a clue

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    It's worthless. Sorry.

    Nice cars in their day, but the autos were always grenades.

    Shame really.

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    Do a search. They are quite easily repaired with ordinary tools. Parts are not outragous either (if it's not the forward drum that's split) a few hundred $ would do it.
    Stuck in first? Usually they go into limp which is third.
    Make sure it's the transmission and not some electrical problem. A dealer can check the line pressures etc. for you.

    BTW, have you ever changed transmission fluid? Has the cooling system absolutely clean since new? (regular change of coolant with the recommended type?)

    Let us know how you go/what you'll do.

    Good Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotchies16ts View Post
    I have my late Dad's 1992 Renault 19 that we've had since new, only 102,000 on the clock but has the standard ruined auto transmission. Is it possible/worth it to repair? Transmission permanently stuck in first other than that runs like a dream, don't want to part with it but have to be realistic. No mechanics seem to have a clue
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    Well it depends on what you want ?? It's an old car but not used much and good history. That makes it worth something. They are an OK car and if it suited you then use it. My daughter used one up till last year that i fixed by doing a manual conversion on it years ago. It was low ks, not as good as yours and it served her well for quite a few years and was very reliable. She liked it. We sold it on as a good old goer last year.

    However the "stuck in first gear" is not a usual problem. Not sure about that but if you could get a correct diagnoses on it it may be fixable. JoBo has done a few and is probably the expert. The problem is that most people, just like 68 404, just write it off without proper consideration. An old hand auto transmission specialist may be worth a try in your area. After all it's the same transmission as some of the new Renaults AFAIK. Also the VWs used it too for years, up into the mid 00s. Not as bad as rumour would have it.

    If you can get it working OK then maintainance with the fluids, transmission and coolant, is the secret to keeping it going.

    Good luck jaahn

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    It's a 22 year old car that has always been an orphan in Australia and working ones barely reach $1K. One with a blown trannie...

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